Richmond, Va. – The No. 24 Maine Black Bears completed the weekend sweep of the Richmond Spiders with a 4-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at Crenshaw Field. The Black Bears now stand with a 4-1 record, winning four straight contests, while the Spiders fall to 0-4, with three losses against nationally-ranked competition.
Maine held a 22-8 advantage in shots, including a 12-1 margin in the first half. Despite the advantage in the shot column, the game remained deadlocked at 1-1 after 35 minutes. Following the halftime intermission, the Black Bears’ offense started to click, recording three goals in the second half to take down the Spiders. The Black Bears held a 7-4 lead in the penalty corner column, with two Maine scores coming directly following a penalty corner.
MAINE GAME NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS
- With the weekend sweep, the Black Bears now hold the all-time series against Richmond by a 5-1 margin.
- Maine outshot its opponents for the fourth-straight game, and now owns a 118-32 advantage in the shot column over its’ opponents this season.
- The Black Bears are averaging 23.6 shots per game in 2017, while only allowing 6.4.
- Maine has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 18-5 in 2017.
- In three games this past week, Libby Riedl totaled five goals and five assists for 15 total points, while Samantha Wagg and Brianna Ricker have registered nine points this week.
- In all five games this season, Maine has only allowed one goal in each contest.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Less than two minutes into the contest, Madison Cummings converted a pass from Hana Davis into the net after accepting the feed right in front of the net.
- Richmond retaliated with its lone goal of the contest off of a penalty corner, when Olivia Hubert successfully shot the ball into the back of the net on a pass from Kasey Gilbride at the four minute mark.
- The Black Bears reclaimed the lead on a penalty corner in with 23 minutes left in the second half, when Emily Hindle deflected a shot on a pass from Samantha Wagg. Hindle started the play with a pass on the penalty corner.
- Maine’s advantage was extended to 3-1 when Riedl’s bouncing shot was redirected by Ricker off of a penalty corner at the 54 minute mark.
- Immediately following the previous goal, Riedl tallied her fifth goal of the season when Ricker made a diving pass past the sliding Richmond goalkeeper, which set up Riedl for a one-timer into an open net.